2blewKueg March 16, 2008 10:47 PM

Missed lines, Lynx browser sure is a PITA late at night…

RTFA quickly, ok. Many expected cameras and real time processing and smart systems with testing indicators, you do shop at walmart, etc don’t you? Sure can tell some digitalization and stuff is going on…
What is more fun is an article I have on Finding hidden cameras. Google title, might be able to get it. Now that data is worth a lot, it is only a matter of time when hackers start getting this stuff from corporate world….SCARY.
Our world is becoming a computer system like HAL, look like to survive you better know the assumptions of the system, and know how to reboot the thing. And of course, how to level and talk to HAL, as backdoors and your calculations are never enough. Tell that to the suits, cause more problems than they solve. You all see the movie 2010? A must see.
Keep up the good work/blog Bruce, enjoy it.

Tim the Enchanter March 17, 2008 3:58 AM


Bruce can you you use your unparallelled power and influence in the world of security to have this non-word, this accursed neologism of the modern age, struck from the vocabulary of all those with an interest in security?

SteveJ March 17, 2008 5:41 AM

From the French verb “surveiller”, literally “to watch over”, via the French noun “surveillance”, “watching over”. See also: survey, from a French verb meaning “to look over”, which is subtly different.

What’s the problem, you just prefer the Anglo-Saxon? Surely there are more efficient ways to improve security than to try to draw a line under the number of English words taken from French?

bob March 17, 2008 6:55 AM

the only good thing about the cameraization of america is being able to video public servants in action. Oh, wait; thats the only part thats illegal.

derf March 17, 2008 10:56 AM

Here’s what happens when big brother and his little helpers are watching:,2933,335468,00.html

Mom sprays kid at car wash.
Car wash manager leaks tape to police and media.
After mom sees herself on TV she turns herself in.
Police arrest mom for child abuse.
State government child services called to investigate, but find everything OK, so kids stay with mom, but mom still facing criminal charges.

Who is to blame? Obviously, if the child was harmed, we’d have SOMETHING. Instead we have an arrest for an innocuous incident that shouldn’t have ever seen the light of day, yet is on every news media website.

Don’t make a mistake in public. Don’t do anything in public that could be misinterpreted. You have been warned.

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